Do not transfer Ashraf residents to another location: Iraqi MP
According to Mojahedin-e- khalgh website and based on a report published by the Azzaman daily, Iraqi MP Mohammad Eqbal from the Iraqiya Coalition described Maliki government’s insistence to close the Ashraf residents dossier by transferring them to another location as bizarre. “Refugees must be treated according to human rights standards and international conventions,” Eqbal said. “It is the Iranian regime that attempts to direct measures on the Ashraf dossier based on its own interests. Camp Ashraf residents are considered ‘protected persons’ under the Fourth Geneva Convention and the UN must assume an additional role in the protection of the defenceless residents of this camp.” Azzaman daily also reported: Prosecutor lawyer Qahtan al-Saiidi says there are many threats and dangers in the relocation of Camp Ashraf residents to another location, and we suggest to the UN representative and UN Secretary General’s Special Representative that Camp Ashraf residents not be transferred to another location.
Senior IAEA Team to Visit Iran from 29 to 31 January 2012
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano issued a statement saying. A senior IAEA team will visit Iran from 29 to Jan. 31, 2012. The overall objective of the IAEA is to resolve all outstanding substantive issues. The team of experts will be led by the Deputy Director General for Safeguards, Herman Nackaerts, and will include the Assistant Director General for Policy, Rafael Grossi. ‘The Agency team is going to Iran in a constructive spirit, and we trust that Iran will work with us in that same spirit,’ IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said.
U.N. rights chief shocked at numerous Iraq executions, says number is ‘terrifying’
Al Arabiya, reported on 24 Jan 2012 that the top United Nations human rights official criticized Iraq on Tuesday for carrying out a large number of executions, including 34 on a single day last week, and voiced concern about due process and the fairness of trials. “Even if the most scrupulous fair trial standards were observed, this would be a terrifying number of executions to take place in a single day,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, in a statement referring to executions carried out on Jan. 19. “Given the lack of transparency in court proceedings, major concerns about due process and fairness of trials, and the very wide range of offences for which the death penalty can be imposed in Iraq, it is a truly shocking figure,” she added. At least 63 people are believed to have been executed since mid-November in Iraq, where the death penalty can be imposed for some 48 crimes including a number related to non-fatal crimes such as damage to public property, Pillay said. “Most disturbingly, we do not have a single report of anyone on death row being pardoned, despite the fact there are well documented cases of confessions being extracted under duress,” she said. Iraq should “halt all executions and, and a matter of urgency, review the cases of those individuals currently on death row,” Pillay, a former U.N. war crimes judge said.
According to the Public Relations Office of the Bushehr Judiciary, Heidar Bohrani, “The case of the perpetrators of the Abpakhsh incident was pursued in a special way in the Bushehr courts and currently, with the verdict of the penal court, both criminals were sentenced to public hanging in the place of the incident. …“In the past two months, five public hangings were carried out in the Province of Bushehr in the towns of Jam, Dashtestn and Gonave to teach others a lesson”, Bohrani added. Bushehr lies in a vast plain running along the coastal region on the Persian Gulf coast of southwestern Iran.
In other news the death sentenced of 2 Kurdish prisoners identified as Logman and Zaniar Moradi has been upheld by the Iranian regime’s Supreme Court on charges of enmity with God.
A death row political prisoner Ali Afshari is reported of being in critical condition after suffering an internal bleeding as a result of torture in the Central Orumieh Prison. This Kurdish prisoner was sentenced to death on charges of enmity with God by the Mahabad Revolutionary Court.
Also the death sentence of Saied Malek pour a Canadians residence was confirmed by the court, according to Fars state-run news agency.
In the Islamic Republic, Women’s main duty is housework, child rearing and taking care of husbands
Hamid Ahmadi cited the statements of Khamenei, Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader about the conditions of women’s employment in the society and said, “It has been stressed in Islamic teachings that the main duty of women is centralized in the home”. “The main [duty] of the man is to provide home expenses outside of the home and the woman has the responsibility of managing the home”, he added. This so called family specialist said that a women’s main duty was summarized in the three areas of housework, caring for husbands and rearing children.
Iranians forced to get Quran lessons for employment!!
According to Khorasan state-run daily a new government order to executive systems and Provincial Offices, all new employees are obliged to present permits showing that they have gone through Quran lessons in addition to the anticipated lessons. Employees who do not have such a permit have to go through Quran fluency lessons and then go to work.